The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective

Let me begin by honestly admitting that 2016 was a lukewarm year for Indian Cinema, at least that would be something that I firmly believe in. Be it Bollywood/Hindi cinema or any of the regional language film industries, things were largely subdued for a major part of the year. Be it businesswise or with respect to the quality of output, 2016 definitely seemed to lag behind 2015, forget going anywhere beyond that for a comparison. It’s not that the year was totally beyond redemption, there were some positives as well, but they were not sufficient enough to completely lift up the spirit of Indian cinema overall. Let’s begin by taking a look at Bollywood to start with. 2016 saw only 2 big blockbusters, Sultan and Dangal, none of the other successful films were runaway hits as such. So while Salman Khan and Aamir Khan delivered big time with Sultan and Dangal respectively, SRK came up with Fan which met with a mixed response, while gaining back some traction with one of the better Hindi films of the year, Dear Zindagi.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2016: A Perspective”

The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2016

2016 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.

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Kaashmora and Kodi: The Kollywood Diwali

Diwali is the time for movies for people who are MadaboutMoviez like us. So this Sunday a few of us headed to the famous Aurora theatre in Matunga (Mumbai) to watch back to back shows of the 2 new Tamil releases, Kaashmora and Kodi.Continue reading “Kaashmora and Kodi: The Kollywood Diwali”

63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners

The 63rd National Film Awards for Indian Cinema of 2015 has just been announced a short while ago.  The awards will be distributed in early May this year. Given below is the list of winners-Continue reading “63rd National Film Awards (2016): List of Winners”

Vijay, We Are Waiting!

Over the last couple of decades, Vijay has successfully worked with quite some filmmakers giving us glimpses of his potential in films like Priyamudan, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Ghilli and Thuppaki. As the actor turns 41 today,why not a fantasy ride, reflecting on the kind of awesomeness that could be unleashed on us, if the actor collaborates with some of the best creative minds of our industry!

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Kaakka Muttai Movie Review: A Tamil Film that India Can be Proud Of

Have you ever aspired for something that excited you a lot and despaired of later when you realized it’s out of your reach? For someone it could be a chance to study in that prestigious place overseas, for someone else it could be a dream automobile, for someone else it could be that wonderful villa and so on. But can you feel for and empathise with someone who’s ‘lofty’ aspiration could be something as simple (as we perceive) as owning a pair of sneakers or dining at a fancy restaurant? No I am not getting philosophical on a weekday, far from it. But after watching the much appreciated and feted Tamil film twice that’s now the toast of the Country, M.Manikandan’s Kaakka Muttai (Crow’s Egg), I am feeling an odd sense of happiness combined with anxiety, happiness at seeing such a lovely tale unfold on screen and anxiety on realizing how at times we just tend to ignore so many small things in life.Continue reading “Kaakka Muttai Movie Review: A Tamil Film that India Can be Proud Of”

Kaakka Muttai: Trailer

Kaakka Muttai (Crow’s Egg) is a Tamil film film written, directed and filmed by M. Manikandan, a debutante. This film has won two national awards, for the Best Children’s film and for the Best Child Actors, at the 62nd National Film Awards.Continue reading “Kaakka Muttai: Trailer”

Imaging Cinema 2014: Screenwriting and Filmmaking Workshop at IIT Madras

Imaging Cinema Poster_For Web (4)IIT Madras is presenting  Imaging Cinema 2014, a Screenwriting-cum-Filmmaking Workshop from 7-14 June. The focus is on various aspects of screenwriting. Sessions on screenwriting will be conducted by experienced resource persons. Special session on aspects of direction and screenwriters will be conducted by established names from Mumbai and South Indian cine industries. Continue reading “Imaging Cinema 2014: Screenwriting and Filmmaking Workshop at IIT Madras”

Udhayam NH4 Movie Review: Bumpy Ride

Produced by Meeka Entertainment in association with Grass Root Film company, directed by Manimaran (an associate of Vetri Maran), scripted by Manimaran and Vetri Maran, Starring Siddharth, Kay Kay Menon, Ashrita Shetty and Kartik Sabesh, Udhayam NH4 is neither a road movie nor a romantic thriller, as the makers claim it to be.Continue reading “Udhayam NH4 Movie Review: Bumpy Ride”